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Montreal (Quebec), December 5, 2023 - Yellow Pages Limited (TSX: Y) (the “Company”), a leading Canadian digital media and marketing company, today announced that the Company has obtained a final order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia approving the Company’s previously announced arrangement under the Business Corporation Act (British Columbia) (the “Arrangement”).
Under the Arrangement, the Company will repurchase from Shareholders pro rata an aggregate of 4,440,497 common shares at a purchase price of $11.26 per share, which represents the volume weighted average price for the five consecutive trading days ending the trading day immediately prior to October 19, 2023. The Company will also advance the previously announced voluntary incremental cash contributions to the Company’s defined benefit pension plan’s (the “Pension Plan”) wind-up deficit by an amount of $12 million during the year ending December 31, 2023, bringing 2023 cash payments to the Pension Plan’s wind-up deficit to $18 million by the end of the year.
The Arrangement will become effective at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) on December 12, 2023 (the “Effective Date”). On the Effective Date, the Company shall deliver to TSX Trust Company, as paying agent, sufficient funds to satisfy the aggregate consideration payable to the Shareholders under the Arrangement. It is anticipated that Shareholders will receive payment for their repurchased shares on December 15, 2023.
Additional information regarding the terms of the Arrangement is set out in the Company’s management proxy circular dated October 27, 2023, which is available under the Company’s profile at www.sedarplus.ca and on the Company’s website at www.corporate.yp.ca.
About Yellow Pages Limited
Yellow Pages Limited (TSX: Y) is a Canadian digital media and marketing company that creates opportunities for buyers and sellers to interact and transact in the local economy. Yellow Pages holds some of Canada’s leading local online properties including YP.ca, Canada411 and 411.ca. The Company also holds the YP, Canada411 and 411 mobile applications and Yellow Pages print directories. For more information visit www.corporate.yp.ca
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements about the Arrangement within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Completion of the Arrangement is subject to a number of risks. Risks that could impact the Arrangement are discussed in section 5 of our August 8, 2023 Management's Discussion and Analysis. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law, even if new information becomes available, as a result of future events or for any other reason.
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